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Crossfit Craze Hits Pioneer Valley

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HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s one of the hottest new fitness trends around – Crossfit.

A program that combines aerobic conditioning, gymnastics, and weight-lifting moves.

Today’s workout of the day, a race against the clock and pushing all limitations.

Crossfit began as a military style strength and conditioning program. In the past few years, it has grown to thousands of local affiliates with several located in western Mass.

Tire flipping, rope climbs, kipping pullups may all sound intimidating, but the workouts are designed for all walks of life.

“Stay-at-home moms that have never worked out before and they come through the door and they find that they can not only workout, not only workout on a team, but they can be competitors,” says Liz Greene with Pioneer Valley Crossfit.

“They are happy to have a mom that’s active and that can keep up with them,” adds Lauren Abend, a mother of two.

The sport even has its own world championships – the Crossfit Games – to compete for the fittest on earth.

One grandmother here in Hadley even found that internationally, she is one of the best… (Pics in exports_

Greene notes, “She submitted her scores and by the end of, it she saw she was 24th in the world.”

Crossfitters say that the competitive environment is what lifts the energy and the sense of community is what keeps them coming back for more

The sport of fitness than can turn lives around.

“It was all new a big change, a lot more fun”

The “WOD,” or workout of the day, varies each time a member enters. No athletic experience is needed to join.